The Teachers : A Year Inside America's Most Vulnerable, Important Profession

The Teachers : A Year Inside America's Most Vulnerable, Important Profession



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Alexandra Robbins goes behind the scenes to tell the true, sometimes shocking, always inspirational stories of three teachers as they navigate a year in the classroom. She follows Penny, a southern middle school math teacher who grappled with a toxic staff clique at the big school in a small town; Miguel, a special ed teacher in the western United States who fought for his students both as an educator and as an activist; and Rebecca, an East Coast elementary school teacher who struggled to schedule and define a life outside of school. Robbins also interviewed hundreds of other teachers nationwide who share their secrets, dramas, and joys. Interspersed among the teachers' stories -- a seeming scandal, a fourth-grade whodunit, and teacher confessions -- are hard-hitting essays featuring cutting-edge reporting on the biggest issues facing teachers today, such as school violence; outrageous parent behavior; inadequate support, staffing, and resources coupled with unrealistic mounting demands; the "myth" of teacher burnout; the COVID-19 pandemic; and ways all of us can help the professionals who are central both to the lives of our children and the heart of our communities.
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Edition Statement :

First edition.

Content :

Introduction : "It makes my soul happy" : what teachers endure and why they stay -- "STOP TOUCHING MY CAR" : parent aggression and the culture of teacher blaming -- "I would have done it for any child" : teachers are heroes, but they shouldn't have to be -- "To teach your kids, I have to leave mine" : COVID-19, the disrespect for teachers' work, and the disregard for their lives -- "Safe harbor" : the most underestimated teacher in the building -- "Fluff subject" : subject misconceptions and the marginalization of specialist teachers -- The "dirty little secret" in schools -- "Classroom contagion" : the myth of teacher burnout -- Teacher confessions : behind-the-scenes dish -- "Just part of the job" : how violence and short-staffing create a hazardous profession -- "Do no harm but take no crap" : bribery, workarounds, happy hours, and other pro tips for educators -- Teachers deserve better : how you can help -- "Why I love teaching".

Publication, Distribution, etc. :

[New York, New York] : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2023]



Physical Description :

viii, 372 pages ; 24 cm

Notes :
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-372).
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